Arrest made after NYPD officer was off duty: law enforcement sources
A 38-year-old man suspected of shooting an off-duty NYPD officer has been arrested in Rockland County, New York, where he was found hiding in a hotel, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
The unidentified officer, who remains hospitalized, attempted to buy a car on Ruby Street in Brooklyn on Saturday night after details of the purchase were staged on social media, police said.
When the officer arrived, the suspect immediately displayed a firearm and announced the theft, police said. Shots were exchanged and the officer was hit and taken to hospital in critical condition, police said.
New York Mayor Eric Adams said Saturday the officer was “fighting for his life.” The mayor provided an update on Monday and said the officer’s family was making decisions about his future.
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According to law enforcement sources, one of the suspect’s earlier alleged robberies used a Facebook Marketplace scam, like the one involved in the shooting of the off-duty officer.
Detectives had been watching multiple locations but ended up catching him at the hotel, sources said. They also searched the suspected getaway car, a dark-colored BMW with tinted windows, which was recovered in Manhattan, sources said.
The suspect, who was handcuffed with the injured officer’s handcuffs, should be returned to Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct and charged with attempted murder of the officer, according to law enforcement sources.